Lyrically, the song narrates the tale of two lovers who have to face the sad fact that their relationship has lost its spark.
Rumors about the single first surfaced when a number of fans first heard a tiny snippet of the collab when Zayn played it at a listening party in March 2017. Zayn didn’t confirm nor deny these rumors until in a September 2017 interview he had with Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1. In that interview, he finally confirmed that he had indeed collaborated with Nicki Minaj on a song.
On November 14, 2018, Zayn shared on Twitter a teaser for the song featuring only the word "Thursday" and Minaj shouting her signature, "Young Money", in the background.
Korean American songwriter/producer Brian Lee teamed up with fellow producers Sawry and TJ Routon to produce this track.
When asked about their collaboration in 2017, Nicki shared that this is her favorite song of all time. Minaj does more of singing than rapping in this song. Moreover, she doesn’t rap on this track. This is something very unusual for Minaj to do.
According to the lyrical interpretation of the song, the couple (Minaj and Malik) tell themselves they need to accept that certain things in life aren’t meant to be. And one of these things is their romance. The couple use the entire song heavily contemplating their romance. And at the end of the day, they both know they have to do just one thing – go their separate ways. There’s no point fighting for the romance anymore.
Diverging from Zayn's series of slow-burning, R&B jams, “No Candle No Light” introduces a more electronic-inspired sound for the British singer featuring rapper Nicki Minaj, who is no stranger to the electronic genre. The song was written by Zayn Malik, Tushar Apte, Brittany "Chi" Coney, Brian Lee, Kathryn Osterberg, TJ Routon, Denisia "Blu June" Andrews and Nicki Minaj.
The Fader called the song a "tropical house bop" and compared its synths to those in "Sorry" by Justin Bieber. Rolling Stone called the track an EDM-pop exploration of "romantic frustration". Exclaim! noted the song's "booming EDM beat with Zayn's trademark emotional croon", and pointed out that Minaj sings instead of rapping.
- ↑ Nicki Minaj and Zayn Share New Song “No Candle No Light” - Pitchfork
- ↑ Zayn Teases New Collaboration With Nicki Minaj
- ↑ Nicki Minaj on Twitter
- ↑ "Listen to Zayn and Nicki Minaj's 'No Candle No Light'" - The Fader
- ↑ Hear Zayn, Nicki Minaj on New EDM-Pop Song ‘No Candle No Light'. - Rolling Stone
- ↑ Zayn and Nicki Minaj Fizzle Out on "No Candle No Light"